At CES 2015, Bryston showed its next-generation high-performance music player, the BDP-1USB, which is designed specifically for consumers using USB external DACs. The BDP-1USB manages large music libraries of up to 30,000 tracks stored on external USB or NAS drives, and is especially adept with high-resolution audio files.
The BDP-1USB has a U.S. MSRP of $1,795.
The BDP-1USB joins Bryston’s flagship BDP-2 in the company’s music player lineup. Because the BDP-1USB is engineered to work with an external USB DAC, Bryston says it’s able to build the new player without including the premium-grade internal sound card featured in the BDP-2. This reduces the cost of the new player without any penalty in sound quality and opens the world of high-resolution audio playback to a broader audience — a concept that is most definitely HRAC-Approved.
“Our digital music players have been tremendously successful for us globally, and with the increased prevalence of USB DACs available in a wide range of prices, the BDP-1USB opens the door for music lovers seeking Bryston performance and build quality in an affordable package,” explains Bryston CEO Chris Russell. “Of course, we suggest that consumers consider the Bryston BDA-2 DAC — audio writers and reviewers agree that the Bryston BDA-2 is one of the very finest DACs available on the market today — but the BDP-1USB can also be the foundation of an amazing multifaceted sound system.”
The BDP-1USB is powered by a noiseless linear power supply carefully isolated from the digital audio path and AC power circuits. UPnP compatibility, Squeezebox emulation, DoP (DSD over PCM), and more are built into Bryston’s intuitive firmware, which is easily accessible from most web browsers. Users can also control the BDP-1USB using Apple or Android phones and tablets via Bryston’s built-in interface or a selection of several third-party apps.
Other BDP-1USB features include a linear power supply, four USB inputs/outputs, compatibility with Asynchronous USB DACs, DSD over PCM (DoP) playback with compatible DACs, back bottom USB to provide high current for large-capacity buss-powered hard drives, fast Ethernet 100mbps connectivity to network, connection to music stored on NAS, gapless playback, support for FLAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV, MP3, and a huge variety of other audio formats, and a 5-year parts-and-labor warranty.
For more information, go to www.bryston.com.